Boundless: Arts & Intellects

October 11th & 12th, 2019

A conference in the arts, humanities, and social sciences for students and faculty across the fourteen universities of PASSHE.

Hosted by Millersville University at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster PA

We at Millersville University hope that Boundless: Arts and Intellects will become an annual conference hosted by other universities across the state through the coming years. For more details, please contact Dr. Gregory Seigworth in the Department of Communication & Theatre at Millersville University –

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Share Your Creativity

There's still time to be part of the Boundless Conference. Submission deadline: Monday, September 2, 2019.

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Attend the Conference

Present/View work of students and faculty from all fourteen PASSHE universities. Submissions range from poster sessions, artworks, music to original monologues.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. E. Michele Ramsey

Communication and Women's Studies Teacher and Scholar. Politics and Pop Culture Enthusiast. Feminist. Humanities Advocate. Native Texan. Georgia Bulldog.

Dr. Ramsey is co-author (with Dr. Laurie Grobman) of Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities, due for release in early 2020 on University of Pennsylvania Press.

Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities argues that humanities students are indispensable across the fast-paced, complex, and global employment landscape. As the authors demonstrate, humanities students are equipped with the core skills and knowledge employers, even in high tech fields, demand; further, our economy and democracy suffer when the humanities are disregarded.

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What is the conference about?

Boundless: Arts and Intellects provides an opportunity to join together to share/recognize/honor the myriad ways that the singular sensibilities and abilities fashioned and sustained by an education in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are so crucially important to the future of our life-worlds. More than a shadow partner to STEM, students and faculty in the humanities, arts, and social sciences actively shape the political, social, and economic landscape of our times, stretching at the boundaries of what seems possible / impossible, raising the most pertinent ethical concerns, providing the spark for technical innovations that transform the relations between humans, their tools, and their environment.

The fundamental aim of this event is to showcase the vitally important work of students and faculty in the humanities and liberal arts disciplines: the kind of scholarly-creative work that transpires in classrooms, in seminars, in community-based activities, in independent projects, in research among and between faculty and students, in masters classes, in the ingenuity that shines through in the design, production, and performance of works of aesthetic originality, and so much more.

Who can exhibit?

All universities in PASSHE are invited to submit work by undergraduate and graduate students as well as from full-time and adjunct faculty: papers, panels, poster sessions, artworks, poetry, computer-assisted designs and graphic works, musical compositions and performances, original monologues, and more will be encouraged as submissions!

  • Call for Proposals

    All submissions will be blind-reviewed by the Boundless conference organizing committee.

    A scoring rubric will be used by the conference committee with the following criteria: clear and coherent purpose, quality of idea/vision, readability of abstract. Special consideration will be given to proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature.

    Two kinds of submissions:
      Submit a 150 word abstract of your proposed conference paper or poster session. Paper presentations will be 12-15 minutes long. Each poster session will be about an hour long, and presenters should be available at their poster to answer questions, distribute handouts, and discuss their research.

      If submitting a panel session, each panel should have three-four panelists and a session chair (the session chair can also be one of the panelists). Submit a 150 word abstract that provides an overview of the panel’s organizing theme in addition to 150 word abstracts for each of the panel papers. Also, you will be asked to include a 30 word description of your abstract for use in the conference program (if accepted).

      All conference rooms have a computer station with internet access and overhead projection.

      Because Boundless is interested in creative works beyond the formally written word, we welcome submission of artwork (painting, photography, sculpture, etc), spoken word & slam poetry, performance pieces (theatrical / musical / expressive), audio & video compositions (news, entertainment, art), all manner of digital design work, and more. Submitters need to supply an abstract of 150 words that describes and contextualizes their ‘NOT-A-PAPER’ submission that also provides necessary information about the best options for display of their work. When submitting, please do not attach audio/image/video files but do provide external links to websites where samples of your work are available. Also, you will be asked to include a 30 word description of your abstract for use in the conference program (if accepted).

      The late afternoon & evening on Friday October 11th will be reserved for Boundless NOT-A-PAPER events.

    Submit your work now!

    Submission Information

    Submissions open May 3rd, 2019
    Registration for everyone will continue until the date of the conference itself.

    Submission Deadline: September 2nd, 2019 | Decisions Given: September 9th, 2019

    • Students: $25
    • Faculty: $50

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    Millersville University students and faculty registration is discounted $10

  • Conference Accommodations

    Staying in Lancaster - Make reservations:

    Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square for $174.00 per night

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